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Thanks for joing us tonight... current mississippi law allows people convicted of six specific crimes to have those convictions expunged - or removed - from their record..

House bill 13 - 52 passed into law this year will expand that option... our quentin smith speaks with a lawmaker about the new law... so quentin... will all convictions be excluded in this bill?

Not all of them scott... violent offenses..

And crimes such as drug trafficking... and embezzlement... among a few others... that aren't able to be expunged... state lawmakers say the push behind this comes from the obstacles many convicted felons face when they apply for a job... they say this is a law that'll impact thousands of mississippians... ways to make getting a job easier for convicted felons.

"we felt like that there is a lo of people that's been prohibited from getting good jobs because of the felony question."

As a result..house bill 1352 was introduced " someone who has bee convicted of a felony, starting july 1, to have that felony expunged off of their record so that they would not have to answer that question about have you ever had a felony."

In order for someone to be expunged there are a few requirements.

A person must be five years removed from serving their sentence..

They must also be off of probation...and pay off all fines and fees associated with the conviction.

" if you have that and you ca go get you an attorney, go back to the judge and if the judge agrees with it he can have the record expunged."

The felony expungement will be eligible for most non- violent crimes with the exception of others such as drug trafficking and embezzlement.

The bill states that people would only be eligible for one felony expungement, unless multiple offenses are tied to one event.

The cost of the expungement has to be paid for by the applicant.

"this is an opportunity fo them to clear their record.

Right now somebody with a felony can't own a gun or have a gun in their possession, this would help clear that up to where they could.

Then there are several crimes, felonies, that would prohibit you from voting and this will also clear that one up."

House bill 1352 goes into effect on monday..

July first... the bill also prevents drivers license suspension for non-related drug offenses... and unpaid legal fines and fees... to read more on the bill..

Just head on over to our website at wcbi dot com... take developing story stinger you could be eating thanksgiving leftovers and selecting your lottery numbers at the same time this year.

The mississippi lottery corporation is accepting proposals from vendors to implement and operate instant ticket lottery games.

Instant ticket sales must begin on or before december first.

An announcement was made on the corporation's website.

Proposals must be in by august second.

Online ticket sales must begin by february 20.

First look stinger first look friday night: isolated showers and storms are possible during the evening but they'll fade away after sunset.

Skies will be variably cloudy but some fog may develop.

Lows should be in the upper 60s.

Saturday: partly cloudy and warm with afternoon highs either side of 90.

The heat index should push into the mid 90s.

Some pop-up showers and storms are possible but the rain chance is just 30%.

A safety checkpoint turns into a foot chase and drug bust in webster county.

Webster county deputies and the mathiston police department seized 10-pounds of marijuana from the trunk of this nissan altima.

Tuesday the departments were doing safety checkpoints on highway 15.

During the checkpoint that's when investigators say they found the marijuana and pills.

A suspect also ran off but was quickly captured and taken into custody.

The sheriff's office says the case is still under investigation.

Wipe to gfx the man who escaped the quitman county community work center yesterday is back in custody.

31-year-old walter lee lewis went missing from a jobsite in clarksdale yesterday afternoon.

He's serving time for conspiracy to commit a crime and malicious mischief in lee county.

Lewis was arrested this afternoon in fulton.

Curtis flowers has been tried six times for the 1996 murders of four people in winona.

A week ago the u- s supreme court overturned his latest conviction... but ---he could be tried a seventh time.

Courtney ann jackson speaks with a podcast reporter who moved to mississippi to take a deep dive into the case.

Will curtis flowers face a seventh trial?

District attorney doug evans told the grenada star that "h will have to be retried."

Meanwhile, evans office would only tell us that the da had decided not to comment on the case.

American public media's in the dark podcast received a short email from a lady living in the area.

"in my county, there's a gu that's been tried six times for the same crime.

We got that email and we were literally like how can that be possible?

Like how can you try one guy six times for the same crime?

And that single question drove us down here and it drove us to report on this case now for almost two years."

Reporter parker yesko and others moved to winona for nearly a year.

And based on what they learned---they anticipate that a seventh trial would look very different than the first six.

Some witnesses have died.

Others have changed their stories.

"the only piece of direc evidence in the state's case was a jail house informant, odell holman, he recanted on tape to in the dark saying that he was lying when he said curtis flowers had confessed to the crime.

So it's hard to imagine him testifying for the state."

Their analysis of da doug evans' jury selection in more than just the flowers' case reveals that he.... "has struck black perspectiv jurors almost four and a half times the rate that he struck white ones."

And they've found an alternate suspect.

"that was never presented i any of the past six trials that you could imagine coming up in a 7th trial and casting a suspicion away from curtis flowers."

Now, flowers and everyone else waits to see if a seventh trial will formally be initiated.

Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news stinger wx open summary: fairly standard summer weather is on tap for this weekend and all of next week, including the 4th of july holiday.

Look for a daily 20-30% chance of showers and storms and seasonably warm highs in the low 90s.

Friday night: isolated showers and storms are possible during the evening but they'll fade away after sunset.

Skies will be variably cloudy but some fog may develop.

Lows should be in the upper 60s.

Saturday: partly cloudy and warm with afternoon highs either side of 90.

The heat index should push into the mid 90s.

Some pop-up showers and storms are possible but the rain chance is just 30%.

Saturday night: any rain or storm activity will fade in the evening.

This will set up a quiet night with lows around 70.

Sunday: another seasonably warm and humid summer day is on tap for us.

Highs will be in the low 90s with heat index values in the mid to upper 90s.

Pop-up showers and storms may develop with the chance of rain holding steady at 30%.

Activity will diminish during the evening once again.

Next week: no big weather maker is going to affect the regionwe're going to maintain a persistence type forecast&amp; meaning what happens one day will tend to happen the next.

Highs stay in the low 90s with heat index values approaching 100.

Lows drop into the low 70s.

Expect a daily 20-30% chance of rain and storms with most activity occurring during the heating of the day.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram caledonia's farmer's market is open for business.

Week, including the 4th of july holiday.

Look for a daily 20-30% chance of showers and storms and seasonably warm highs in the low 90s.

Friday night: isolated showers and storms are possible during the evening but they'll fade away after sunset.

Skies will be variably cloudy but some fog may develop.

Lows should be in the upper 60s.

Saturday: partly cloudy and warm with afternoon highs either side of 90.

The heat index should push into the mid 90s.

Some pop-up showers and storms are possible but the rain chance is just 30%.

Saturday night: any rain or storm activity will fade in the evening.

This will set up a quiet night with lows around 70.

Sunday: another seasonably warm and humid summer day is on tap for us.

Highs will be in caledonia's farmer's market is open for business.

It's called market on main..and it features farm- fresh produce, homemade baked breads and desserts, and arts and crafts..

Organizers say there's no vendor's fee to participate... they just want to encourage residents to visit downtown.

Its takes places every other friday from six p- m to 8 p-m from now through august.

The next market on main is july 13th.

Stinger some volunteers in tupelo are hoping a program will turn the page on literacy in the city... we have more when we come back... the next set of united states air force pilots is taking off from columbus..

37 men and women graduated from specialized undergraduate pilot training today.

8 of those earning their silver wings are international students.

Some of the graduates will stay at columbus air force base to be instructor pilots.

The others will go to air bases across the country and around the world.

Wcbi was a sponsor for this class of pilots and we wish the luck on their next mission.

Boys and girls club members in tupelo are taking part in a city wide initiative that promotes reading..

"tupelo reads encourages residents to read the same book, and come together for activities promoting literacy.

This year's book is "ginny moon the story of an autistic teenager.

Volunteers with "tupelo reads have spent the past few days at the haven acres boys and girls club, talking about key themes of the book with the young people.

"that was a big takeaway tha they may encounter people who are different , not just with autism spectrum, but many other things and to deal with people that might be different in a compassionate way."

The book's author, benjamin ludwig will visit tupelo in september for "tupelo reads community events.

Stinger the smithville seminoles are up next on the high school football tour... the noles want more than division titles..hear their plans for the upcoming season next in sports... the high school football tour continues on with region 2-1a our fifth stop footchecks in with the seminoles of smithville the seminoles return with more experience than the season before hopeful that it will make all the difference unexpected is the word the smithville seminoles used to describe the run it made in 2018 with a much younger squad last year, the seminoles were surprised that the lack of experience didn't hold them back now for the upcoming season, they're setting the expectations even higher michael campbell, head coach: "what they did last year t step up and play hard it really surprised us a little bit, but we've got good kids that just outwork everybody and that's kind of what we did last year."

Jabril smith, senior rb/ss: " think we're all on a revenge trip.

We're ready to get after it.

I think we want a state championship.

We want to get past north half cause we've been there three years.

Our senior group has been there three years and hasn't gotten past there.

So we want to get past that this year."

That younger squad has grown older.

Smithville returns over ten seniors this season but also has some important holes to fill on the field.

Regardless, these seminoles aren't concerned.

Smith: "everybody talks abou how we're losing lineman.

That's the talk every year but we still come out and put thousands of yards up in rushing" campbell: "we've got som young guys that are going to have to step up just like the guys last year stepped up.

We've got some other young guys we're going to have to fill and replace and move on.

We've got some talent we feel like can do that.

It'll just be a learning experience.so game one we'll be learning and hopefully by the end as were finishing up division we'll be where we want to be and those guys will be playing the type of football we think they can play."

An important key to this year's success is going to be focusing less on the past and more on the present.

Campbell: "last year was las year and it's over with.

We can't lean on that.

We're not north half contenders anymore.

We're a brand new team and we've taken on a new identity.

It'll be interesting to see how that takes off.

We're playing fast and physical.

That's been our brand of football."

The new season for smithville begins august 23rd against belmont and it might be a different team but its still smithville against the world.

Campbell: "just like last yea we don't want to overlook anybody.

We want to take every week seriously, prepare for it and then move onto the next."

Jordan wardlaw, senior wr/olb: "we never tak anybody lightly.

We're trying to get into everybody's head and have each other's back."

Reporting in smithville on the high school football tour, courtney robb wcbi sports.

áábillboardááááá plenty more tour stops still to come..

The weekend slate featuring the myrtle hawks and the t- c-p-s eagles then we kick next week off with the noxapater tigers..followe d by the okolona chieftains...back into region 2-1a for those keeping track at home, go to our twitter and facebook accounts at wcbiendzone to see the schedule... and if you miss any stops along the way you can always go watch them on our website wcbi.com the future remains incredibly bright for college baseball in mississippi two of its youngest, biggest stars raking in the awards friday mississippi state freshamn pitcher jt ginn unanimously named a frehsman all american by all 5 major collegiate baseball publications ole miss freshman doug nikhazy named freshman all- american by collegiate baseball and perfect game.

Ginn was named the sec freshman of the year, and nikhazy named an all-sec freshman victory christian's michael tate signs to continue his football career with delta state tate was a dominant force on the field for the eagles...averagin g almost 13 tackles a game, while recording 8 sacks in his career.

Tate says the recruiting process was stressful, but in the end, glad he's off to play college ball close to home "i was excited for it.

I was gla i got to sign.

A lot of folks thought i wouldn't sign.

Just glad i got to sign, it's a blessing.

I still get to play the sport i love, and go to college.

Get all that done.

It was stressful, but worth it."

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